Africa East Africa World 

Covid-19: Tanzania secures 1 million vaccine doses for citizens

Tanzania’s government has announced plans to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the population against Covid-19. The country last Friday secured one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the United States through the World Health Organization’s Covax initiative. Tanzania’s Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima said priority will be given to frontline workers, the elderly and those with underlying health issues when the vaccination exercise begins. “We will announce health centres where the vaccines will be available and the procedures that will be used to provide the vaccine,” she said. The…

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Africa World 

EU will not share Covid-19 vaccines with poorer countries

The countries were seeking further clarification on the safety of the vaccine after reports of blood clots in some receivers. – – But the UK and European health officials say the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe. African governments though were urged not to lose faith in Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. African nations rely on the AstraZeneca jab since it is cheaper and easier to store than other vaccines. Dr Richard Mihigo – the WHO’s head of immunisation in Africa – said the product had so far proved to be safe. Sourced…

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Africa World 

Africa has no option but to keep faith with AstraZeneca jabs

– – African governments have been urged not to lose faith in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, after several European countries suspended use of the jab. Two people have already died from sinus vein thrombosis, and others had to be treated in hospital after they received vaccinations with the Oxford vaccine. 13 European nations that paused the use of the vaccine expressed concern over blood clots in those who received the jabs. The countries are seeking further clarification on the safety of the vaccine but the UK health secretary says the Oxford-AstraZeneca…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s President is first leader to take the Covax vaccine

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first global leader to take the coronavirus vaccine from Covax. The Covax program is the global vaccine-sharing initiative helping poorer countries control the pandemic. After taking his jab, Akufo-Addo said, “It is important that I set the example to show you that the vaccine is safe by being the first person to receive it so that everyone in Ghana can feel comfortable about taking the vaccine. It is important that everyone is vaccinated.” Ghana?? kicks off #COVID19 vaccination campaign with vaccines from…

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Africa Ivory Coast West Africa World 

Covid-19: Ivory Coast becomes second country to get Covax vaccines

– – Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus vaccines under the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax. The West African nation received 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, delivered from a plant in India. Authorities in Ivory Coast say they intend vaccinating health workers, teachers and members of the security forces from March. “Let us celebrate this as a moment of global solidarity in the struggle against the pandemic”?CEPI CEO, Richard Hatchett speaking on this week’s COVAX deliveries ✈️Doses of the @AstraZeneca / @UniofOxford…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana is first in Africa to receive Covid-19 vaccines under COVAX

– – Ghana on Wednesday morning took delivery of 600,000 AstraZeneca doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The consignment arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana’s capital, Accra via an Emirates airline plane. The government said the doses are part of the first batch of vaccines the country is acquiring through the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana among 92 countries have signed unto. Ghana thus becomes the first African country to receive the Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. #Ghana?? becomes the first African country to receive #COVID19…

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